Church Missionary Society Archive

Research Source

A rich repository of source materials on the work of this globally influential organisation, founded in 1799 as an Anglican evangelical movement and still active today.

Scholars of missiology and global history will find this collection an invaluable research resource. This varied archive includes records of both the CMS and the many other missionary societies which became associated or amalgamated with it.

Highlights include:

  • Central records of the CMS and papers of key individuals associated with it
  • Records of the The Loochoo Naval Mission (1843-1864), the first recorded Anglican and Protestant mission activity in the Japanese archipelago
  • Archive of the Society for Promoting Female Education in China, India and the East
  • Records of the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society (1880-1957)
  • Records of African missions
  • Records of missions to the West Indies, Canada, the Middle East and Australasia

What collections are included in this module?

  • East Asia Missions
  • Missions to Women
  • Central Records
  • Africa Missions
  • Missions to the Americas
  • Missions to India
  • General Secretary’s Papers
  • Home Papers
  • Middle East Missions

Key Data


  • 2018

Period Covered

  • 1799-1959


  • Missiology
  • Medicine and Health
  • Education
  • Gender/Women’s Studies
  • Cultural Encounters
  • Politics and Conflict
  • Social Reform
  • World History

Material Types

  • Annual reports, minutes and financial records
  • Personal papers
  • Correspondence and letter books
  • Journals, travel records and diaries
  • Photographs
  • Ephemera